Crisis often is a driver of change – and resilience is about enhanced capacities to actively and positively manage this change and enable wellbeing in spite of shocks, stresses and uncertainty. Integrating a resilience lens into project and programme design and implementation adds value in terms of increasing the impact of project activities by particularly identifying and strengthening capacities of individual, communities and institutions beyond the mere capacity to absorb crises.

By strengthening the resilience of people, communities, organisations and institutions we focus attention on the capacities to overcome the adverse long‐term consequences of acute, slow-onset, chronic and recurrent crises – and not just of their immediate effects. We support people and institutions to develop capacities and long-term solutions to anticipate, absorb and adapt to foreseeable crises – and to transform structures and livelihoods to manage, navigate and sustain change in complex systems.